If you are hoping to grow your own delicious leeks this year then you will be wondering if you need to be worried about slugs. We know they will devour lots of plants, but what about leeks? Do slugs eat leeks?
So, Do Slugs Like Leeks?
Most alliums are generally safe from slugs as in general they prefer other plants over them. This doesn’t mean they won’t eat them though, after all, they will eat pretty much anything. So if you have missing leeks and the tell tale slimy trail leading away from them then it is a safe bet to say the slugs have probably had them.
Young seedlings though can be a different story and there are lots of tales of growers losing all of their young seedlings to slugs.
Because of this, it is advisable to grow your leeks on for a little while if possible before planting out. Alternatively, you can use a seedling bed to grow your leeks before moving them into a final position.
This will give you plenty of seedlings so even if some get eaten by slugs it won’t matter at all.
How to deal with slugs
Here are a few different ways you can deal with slugs, some organic, some not.
The classic way to kill off slugs and it does work, there are however drawbacks.
Firstly the little blue pellets aren’t safe to have around if you have pets or young children who might digest them accidentally.
Next, there is the fact that they may be harmful to slugs’ natural predators like hedgehogs who eat slugs killed by pellets, therefore, ingesting the poison themselves.
And then there is the mess they leave, lots of dead slugs on the surface of your garden with nasty trails everywhere.
This is a natural and organic way to kill slugs. There are all kinds of nematodes, which are tiny little creatures that live in your soil, some of these nematodes kill slugs.
This is completely natural and is what happens in your soil all the time. By adding nematodes you are just increasing the number of the slug killing type.
One of the advantages of this method aside from the fact you don’t have to use poison is that part of the way the nematodes kill the slugs makes them burrow into the ground before dying, so no nasty dead slugs lying around!
Control slugs NATURALLY by applying Nemaslug Slug Killer, which contains natural nematodes, that are effective at controlling slugs, but unlike chemical controls, are safe for children, pets, birds and wildlife.
Torch & Bucket
The manual method, and as is often the case with the manual method, this is very effective but time-consuming. Wait until dark and go out into the garden with a torch, some gloves and a bucket and start collecting slugs.
This is best done on a damp night after heavy rain as then the slugs will be everywhere, happy hunting!
You can set up traps to capture slugs and then dispose of them how you wish. There are lots of different ways to do this but one of the more popular ones is a beer trap.
With a beer trap, you set a container, usually a plastic tub of some kind, level with the surface of the soil. You want it level with the surface so slugs can easily get into it but you want the bottom to be deep, so they can’t get out.
You then fill the bottom with some beer, which slugs adore, and leave it. The slugs will make their way into the trap and either drown or be waiting there come morning for you to get rid of them.
One downside to this apart from all the slug carcases you will be getting rid of is that the beer is so potent that it can apparently attract slugs up to 200 meters away and therefore bring even more slugs into your garden than were there before!